We and the others. From prejudices to racism.
The Musée de l’Homme examines racist behaviours with a scientific approach in his first important temporary exhibition. Informations are only available in French : Avec la volonté d’apporter un éclairage scientifique sur les comportements racistes et les préjugés, le Musée de l’Homme réaffirme son identité, celle d’un lieu de débats, d’échanges et de transmission des savoirs. Au croisement de l’anthropologie, de la biologie, de la sociologie et de l’histoire, l’exposition s’appuie sur des études menées par les chercheurs en sciences de l’Homme et de la société. Elle propose un parcours accessible à tous, qui s’attache à décrypter pourquoi et comment ont pu se mettre en place de tels phénomènes, à un certain moment de l’histoire des sociétés. Dans une scénographie immersive originale - qui place par exemple le visiteur au coeur d’une salle d’embarquement d’aéroport ou d’une terrasse de café - le public est invité à comprendre les mécanismes individuels et collectifs qui conduisent au rejet des « autres », et à prendre conscience des discriminations dans la société française aujourd’hui.
Six Hundred Years of Receptacles: Tableware Through the Ages
Founded in 1977, the Barbier-Mueller Museum is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. To mark it, the institution is presenting a special exhibition featuring a hundred works of varied provenances, periods, and cultures drawn from its collection. Six Thousand Years of Receptacles: Tableware Through the Ages was the brainchild of Michel Butor. The late French author selected each object according to the role that its shape suggested to him. He then wrote a short poem for each object. These objects, sometimes masterpieces, now serving as ambassadors for cultures around the planet, are set in dialog with vases by contemporary Western artists. Each is a reflection of the aesthetic criteria prevailing in the culture from which it comes. The ritual or ceremonial contexts in which the pieces were used are also explored. The breadth's exhibition is a fitting tribute to the museum’s founder, Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, who recently left us.
Beads: A Universe of Meaning
The exhibition traces the history of imported glass beads as a medium of exchange, artistic expression, and identity for indigenous peoples throughout North America. It features garments, articles of adornment, and works of art dating from circa 1850 to the present, and it examines the ways in which makers of beadwork have simultaneously sustained tradition, engaged with popular culture, and developed a uniquely native art form.
Another India, Explorations and Expressions of Indigenous South Asia
Over one hundred artefacts, paintings and photographs from the collections of MAA, many of which have never been exhibited before, will be complemented by artworks by contemporary artists from the communities represented, commissioned with support from the Art Fund. Focusing on communities known variously as Indigenous, ‘Tribal’ or Adivasi (literally ‘original inhabitants), the exhibition will showcase extraordinary and fascinating objects, many of which tell equally intriguing stories. From the Nagas and other peoples in the hills of Northeast India to the Gonds, Todas and Chenchus of the South and the Santhals and Bhils in the East and West of the country, the displays will present strikingly diverse stories of India, collecting, colonialism and British involvement in the subcontinent.
The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is presenting The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire, the first major bilingual exhibition on one of the great civilizations of South America. It will explore why the Inka Road was built more than 500 years ago; for what purpose; and how its construction, without the use of metal, the wheel, or draft animals to pull heavy loads, stands as one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. Over its more than 100 years of use over the duration of the Inka Empire from the fourteenth century to the Spanish invasion in 1532, the extensive road served as a major axis for communication, transportation, expansion, administration, and political control. After the Spanish invasion, the road lost political meaning but never lost its signifi cance as a symbol and sacred space to the indigenous peoples in the region. Through images, maps, models, and 140 objects in the exhibition together illustrate important concepts in Andean cosmology and the principles of duality, reciprocity, and integration, while also offering examples of the road’s infrastructure and spirituality.
Best Of: A Look at a Collection at MEB
The Musée d’Ethnographie de l’Université de Bordeaux is presenting a selection of archives and works from its international collection. Through June 1, 2018, various objects from the world over shed light on the history and expeditions of this century-old institution, the second ethnographic museum, after the Trocadéro, to have opened in France. Moving through the decades, the installation starts with the museum’s founders and collaborators, and it casts light on the importance of its ethnographic collections. More information on: https://meb.u-bordeaux.fr
Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America
Baskets were one of the first art forms in the Americas, with basket fragments found in California and the Southwest dating to 9,400 years ago. Over the millennia, native North Americans developed elaborate techniques and intricate designs worked in local materials, from sweetgrass in Florida to black ash in the Northeast and deer grass in California, among many others. These materials were sacred to their makers and those who used these special containers. So too was the way each was made with coiling, especially poignant, symbolizing for many groups the path of human emergence from inside earth and the movement of the spirits between realms. This display in the Art of the Americas' galleries explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.
In this exhibition, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon is offering a fresh look at its anthropological and natural history collections. This is a rare opportunity to travel through time to see how those collections were formed and how they have contributed to scientific research. The exhibition opens with the eighteenth century, a time when, within the contexts of exploration and colonization, objects from around the world developed scientific relevance. Explorers of all kinds collected innumerable objects from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Masks, items of clothing, weapons, utilitarian objects, and items intended for ritual use began to be used to document hitherto unknown lands. Private collectors and dealers in antiques and natural history specimens became important sources and donors for the museum. Ultimately, the intent of the exhibition is to explore what the museum holdings are today and what the patrimony of the future will be.